Boekhandel Douwes Den Haag

Oxford Studies in Byzantium

Homer the Rhetorician

Eustathios of Thessalonike on the Composition of the Iliad

Baukje van den Berg

Homer the Rhetorician

Oxford Studies in Byzantium

Homer the Rhetorician

Eustathios of Thessalonike on the Composition of the Iliad

Oxford Studies in Byzantium: Homer the Rhetorician

 

This volume analyses the rhetorical thought of Eustathios of Thessalonike in his monumental Commentary on the Iliad. Van den Berg examines Eustathios' presentation of Homer to an audience of aspiring writers in the Byzantine period.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Byzantium: Homer the Rhetorician

Homer the Rhetorician is the first monograph study devoted to the monumental Commentary on the Iliad by Eustathios of Thessalonike, one of the most renowned orators and teachers of the Byzantine twelfth century. Homeric poetry was a fixture in the Byzantine educational curriculum and enjoyed special popularity under the Komnenian emperors. For Eustathios, Homer was the supreme paradigm of eloquence and wisdom. Writing for an audience of aspiring or
practising prose writers, he explains in his commentary what it is that makes Homer's composition so successful in rhetorical terms. This study explores the exemplary qualities that Eustathios recognizes in the poet as author and the Iliad as rhetorical masterpiece. In this way, it advances our understanding of the
rhetorical thought of a leading intellectual and the role of a cultural authority as respected as Homer in one of the most fertile periods in Byzantine literary history.


ISBN
9780192865434
Pagina's
288
Verschijnt
Serie
Oxford Studies in Byzantium
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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